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June 12, 2008

Creative Industries, Arts Management, CulturalPolicy & Planning Degrees

Creative Industries, Arts Management, CulturalPolicy & Planning Degrees 

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Warwick Creative Media and Enterprise

This page is devoted mainly to undergraduate degree courses, however, these kind of courses are also available at Masters level and can provide an excellent career path for those who have ficused upon the creative content and critical aspects of the arts at undergraduate level. This Masters Degree Course at the University of Warwick in Creative and Media Enterprisesis an excellent example of this potential path.

Media studies is an interdisciplinary subject and provides a gateway into many different types of degree courses. The planning and research skills as well as the analytical skills you have started to develop can be applied in a number of different ways. There has been an enormous growth in what has become known as the "creative industries" sector. This kind of work demnds planning and policy and research careers as well as more creative production type of careers. Here is what Bangor University National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries™ (NIECI) writes about this new industrial complex:

Throughout the World, the Creative Industries are defined as: Television and Radio, the Writing Arts and Publishing (incl. Creative Writing, Professional Writing and Communications, Journalism), Film and Video, Architecture, Music, Performing Arts, software and computer games, Crafts, Design, Designer Fashion, Art and Antiques Market, Interactive Leisure Software and Advertising.

Commercialisation of Art or the Art of Commercialisation?

At least this site recognises that there is a slightly uneasy relationship between art, creativity and commercialisation. some have argued that especially with an American media model the task is to create audiences for the purposes of profit. This view is of course entirely counterpoised to the idealistic perhaps romanticised notion of the original artist/s creating new ways of seeing / understanding / experiencing the world. One noticeable absence from the creative practices listed above is Art as a separated practice. above it seems to be conflated with the market place "art & antiques MARKET" photography too seems to have been forgotten. Nevertheless they do seek to think about the differences of approach:

Sometimes in the arts or creative industries, you are relatively 'connected' to commercial practice.

Sometimes you are relatively 'unconnected' to the commercial world (as in the case, for example, of the experimental writer, film director or new media maker).

How Big is this Sector of the National Economy?
  • The British Councilreports that the creative industries are the fastest growing sector of the UK economy, employing 1.8million people and worth an estimated £56billion, accounting for almost 8% of the UK’s gross added value (Culture and Creativity, British Council, 2007).
  • The UK music industry alone is worth £5billion a year, generating 126,000 full-time jobs (UK Trade & Investment, 2007).
  • The sector (including advertising but not crafts) has seen a 9% rise in employment in recent years, with the running of arts facilities growing by 38% (Footprint Report, Creative & Cultural Skills, 2007).

Where are the main possibilities for work?

Where can I work?
  • The highest concentration of people working in creative or culturally related occupations is in London. There are a range of initiatives to increase the sector in the British regions.  
  • Many in the sector, e.g. writers, photographers, designer-makers and musicians work from a home-based studio or office.
  • The rapid growth of the Networked society growth has encouraged many creative industries to develop. As broadband access and speeds increase this area of work will increase and can be done on a global basis.
Webliography of Creative Industries

The House of Lords Report on the Importance and Impact of Creative Industries

The Department of Media and Culture on Creative Industries

Royal College of Art & Creative Industries

Timesonline on Creative Industries Masters Course at Cambridge.

Guardian on MBAs for Creative Industries

The University Courses

Arts Institute Bournemouth

Arts and Events Management

De Montfort University

Creative Industries Scholarship. Potential funding here for 300+ UCAS points!!!!

Arts Management BA

Napier University School of Creative Industries

Oxford Brookes

Arts Management and Administration BA or BSc Hons

Salford University

Design Management for the Creative Industries

Sheffield Hallam University

Arts and Cultural Management BA hons

University of Greenwich

Crerative Industries BA Hons

University of Winchester

Creative Industries Degree and Higher Diploma

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June 09, 2008

Media Production Degrees and Courses

Media Production Degrees and Courses

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Please note that the general entry levels for this kind of course are lower than for Media Studies or Media Studies and Production Degrees. These courses emphasise the "skills" element of production. This tends to mean that the type of work that you enter into afterwards is lower paid than other work within the industry. With large numbers of media production courses coming on stream all the time you need to be questioning whther the jobs market will be flooded with Media Production Degrees. If it is then pay rates will probably be lower and the contracts less secure. As you will probably be taking on board debts to complete the course you must be convinced that you will be able to repay these in a reasonable lenght of time to make the course worth pursuing.

Göering the loutish Nazi commander of the Luftwaffe (German Airforce) once said "When I hear the word Culture I reach for my Pistol". I tend to think the same about the way "skills" are being pushed for almost everything. You are strongly advised to enquire very carefully about job prospects and ask for evidence of pay rates from typical jobs in the industry. There may well be a case for saying that the media industry is looking for technicians as fodder and avoiding paying for  training their employees. Remember as you are paying a lot for your training you are justified in asking what you are likely to get back in the longer term.  You may well be better off working for higher grades in your A levels so that you can get on a course which offers more flexibility. Having said that a lot of these courses look like great fun.

At the end of the day it depends what you are looking for and how much you are committed to the course. I have no doubt that there are sojme very well paid media production professionals out there. However ask yourself this: Why, if the field is so promising careerwise, are there people teaching this at relatively low salaries in universities?

The list below is not comprehensive and more will be added in due course. As much as anything this is to give you a flavour of what is going on in a range of course across the country.

Some Media Production Courses UK in Alphabetical Order

Anglia Ruskin University Multimedia Computing

Bath Spa University foundation Degree Media Production

Bournemouth University Media School

Liverpool John Moores University. Media Professional Studies with Television

London College of Communication Digital Media Production

Northampton University Digital Filmamking HND

Northumbria University Media Production

Sheffield Hallam. Film and Media Production.

Staffordshire University Media Production

Southampton Solent TV & Video Production

University of Central Lancashire

University of Chester

University of Hertfordshire. Media, Design and Production (Foundation Degree)

University of Hull.Digital Media Studies.

University of Lincoln Media Production

University of Salford (HND) Media Production

University of West Scotland

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